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Have you been Thomas Crooked? Watch out for cybercrims slinging holiday-themed fakes

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Trollface

Yes Inspector, my name really is Thomas Cock...

and I've been a travel agent for ages. Well, since my last excursion to Dartmoor, anyway.

Nominet continues milking .uk registry cash cow with 4 per cent price rise for... what exactly?

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Taking a leaf out of ICANN's book

This shambles seems to repeat itself all around the world; ICANN are even worse when it comes to board accountability, and here in Oz we're about to be hit with the same ccTLD direct registration money grab for .au.

As soon as the artificial scarcity of domain names was created, its administration should have been handed to disinterested professionals, such as trademark or business name registrars in each country. The USA's ending up with the non ccTLDs should have been corrected once the Internet went global.

I wonder how much of the fear created around formal government adminstration of the DNS (e.g. via the ITU) is actually legitimate and how much is FUD. Governments can still isolate or seize IT systems in their respective countries, regardless of domains.

This won't end well. Microsoft's AI boffins unleash a bot that can generate fake comments for news articles

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Carry On up the Algorithm

better than 50 shades

Based on the critical response, this seems like an extremely low bar.

However, since the wider public seemed to lap it up, maybe that's OK. Carry on.

Percona packages PostgreSQL alongside existing MySQL and MongoDB products

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improved the quality of MySQL since they bought it

That's interesting; I bailed to PostgresQL after a brief experiment with MySQL a bit before Oracle acquired. It's come a long way in that time feature-wise.

While I had to use Oracle professionally many years ago and it seemed to beat most competitors on the technology side, the costs were ludicrous. After what they did to Sun Microsystems, I've had no wish to reward Larry and co.

I think it's handy that companies are building business around supporting customers with open source software; lack of support is clearly a massive barrier to entry when the software itself is "free".

Chinese sleazeball's 17-year game of hide-and-seek ends after drone finds him on mountain

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Black Helicopters

Pfft.

They didn't have to wait for drones to be available. Helicopters (see icon ->>) were invented decades ago.

BBC said it'll pull radio streams from TuneIn to slurp more of your data but nobody noticed till Amazon put its foot in it

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Mushroom

Data *is* interesting and important

The BBC's problem here is getting involved in content specific apps on a multitude of channels. It's a solved problem and they should be working with the TuneIns etc. to deliver, rather than half-assing crummy apps and spreading themselves too thinly. Really, no content creators should be doing that.

But in a post-broadcast landscape where gone are the days of broadcast surveys that showed clearly whether folks were watching or listening, they do need stats to measure whether they're producing material of interest. So many comments here seem critical not just of the slurp but also of the content. How are they supposed to know?

If the BBC's characterisation of TuneIn's willingness to provide the stats is fair (and the BBC's requests were fair with respect to the information actually required to analyse content "success"), then I think some criticism should go TuneIn's way as well.

Jamf emits mystery security fix for Pro macOS, iOS wrangler, keeps admins in dark by censoring chatter

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Never attribute to malice...

An increase in the quality of the stock photos clearly not matched by an increase in the quality of the commentary.

Meanwhile, not a Jamf user but it's a shame when a vendor's ham-fisted attempts to keep a lid on damaging flaws and "keep it in the [customer] family" and away from the miscreants turns into a Streisand situation.

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Yet another critical flaw threatens Exim servers

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Devil

Re: The best fix is Postfix.

Thanks. Well, I would have done it sooner, but it's still the build from 2008. The whole system is on SSDs, of a sort, as long as SD cards count...

Icon --> closest option to BSD Daemon.

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Happy

Re: The best fix is Postfix.

Yes, same config since '05. It just runs and runs. I've had it jailed on FreeBSD with no issues. An Atom N270 with 1.5GB RAM has been fine for over 10 years (shared with a bunch of apache/PHP web servers).

Maybe Exim was less compelling since I'm not using Linux. I'll be switching from Courier to Dovecot for the IMAP side next time the server gets rebuilt.

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Angel

The best fix is Postfix.

It covers Exim's features (and more). It handles loads better. It doesn't have frequent critical security flaws.

Careful now, UK court ruling says email signature blocks can sign binding contracts

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The lawyer was acting on instructions.

My first thought was recovery from the solicitor as well, however as "Warm Braw" points out above, the judgement mentions the defendant's solicitor ... had instructions from the Defendant to accept the Claimants' offer of £175,000.. Since that's not in dispute, seems like they were trying to reneg on a technicality.

TAG, you're s*!t: Internet advertising industry bods admit self-policing approach is a sham

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"... a racket that extorts fees from good companies..."

There seems to be no end to the parade of rent-seekers and ticket-clippers finding ways to insert themselves into a simple buy-sell transaction on the Internet. It should have been a massive win for disintermediation, but what with ICANN, search engines, ad aggregators, marketplaces, PayPal, Venmo and co, the salami factor is getting out of hand.

Microsoft changes encryption, another D-Link bug, phishing dangers, and more

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Devil

Relevance deprivation syndrome

With Adobe Flash usage fading away, they have to find some way to get back in the news for poor security.

Astroboffins spy the most ancient protocluster of galaxies yet found post Big Bang

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Nah, if it was a big bang...

... it was yo momma.

Top shelf boffinry, tho'.

Now that's integrity: Bloke sinks 7 beers, turns himself in. Cops weren't looking for him

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Re: Ode to American 'beers'

Amazing that folks have been riffing on American beer since at least 1905 (see page 3).

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American beer is like sex in a canoe

It's f*cking close to water.

His name was Billy Bob

His beer was weak as piss

He stumbled in the station house

Preventing his release.

Behold the perils of trying to turn the family and friends support line into a sideline

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Headmaster

Re: Right cable, wrong hole.

He said someone else, smeghead!

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Paris Hilton

I'm gonna say Cumblast.

Well, I'll whisper it, anyway.

*Microsoft taps your shoulder* Hi sorry yeah, we're still suing US govt for right to tell people when they are spied on

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no sacrifice on their part...

"... viz. data collection" to complete the context.

I never claimed that MS weren't spending money, or even that they should not. To be clear, I was impugning their motives.

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The files of others

I'm not convinced; why should your organisation's files in a data centre (operated by Microsoft, for example) have less protection than some in your office server, which LEOs would have to serve your organisation with a search warrant to obtain (and therefore not secretly)?

That's a perverse incentive not to outsource.

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Meh

Well, why is hypocrisy bad?

I'd rather, if they're going to fight these battles, they do it with some credibility. I'd rather not rely on the coincidental alignment of corporate interests or PR opportunities to get good public policy. I'd rather not have corporations with little regard for their customers' privacy whitewash their reputations. I'd rather not give the general public an excuse for apathy.

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Does Redmond's motivation matter?

Yes. The public shouldn't be surrendering its role as advocates for freedom and privacy to corporations, which already have an outsized influence on law and public policy. We're short on public interest journalism since the mavens of the new economy have hollowed out the traditional media's revenue streams; the same concerns apply with corporate lobbyists and amici curiae displacing PI groups representing the wider public in making laws and fighting lawsuits.

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Big Brother

Classic misdirection and virtue signalling

While I agree that folks should be made aware of search warrants served on their assets regardless of where their assets are held, surely MS are fighting this since it would make things easier for them and because it's a good PR story that requires no sacrifice on their part viz. data collection.

Loathed Aussie mining magnate Clive Palmer punts libel sueball at YouTube comedian

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Pirate

Honest opinion a defence

It is, but you have to choose your words carefully up front to rely on that defence (there is a defence for truth, but it reverses the onus of proof to the libel defendant).

Here in Oz, we have some of the most protective libel laws on Earth, somewhat at odds with our reputation as easy-going, "she'll be right" larrikins. We must be more like lamingtons, soft and delicate (and covered in coconut).

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Kiss the boot

Nah, we invented tall poppy syndrome down here. We prefer the underdog, even when he's humping our leg. The quality of the local political class is as low as the rest of "the free world". Like other democracies, the incentives to participate select for the wrong personalities.

Hopefully the dropbears will get 'em.

Fairytale for 2019: GNOME to battle a patent troll in court

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Assume a spherical patent office

I'm not convinced in this era of "software defined x" where x is anything from network switches to radios that software is exceptional and shouldn't be patentable. Patents are a useful way to incentivise invention without reliance on secrecy, including closed source in the case of software; surely a good thing. The issues with software patents seem more to do with:

* Awarding patents for trivialities and failing to research/disclose prior art;

* Incorporating patented IP into global standards, hampering adoption (it's tricky to require free rather than FRAND licencing if you still want inventors to contribute their latest and best ideas to standards bodies); and

* reliance on expensive legal processes to settle disputes

All of which defects could apply to patents in general to a greater or lesser extent.

Would you still object to software patents if the above problems were solved?

I agree copyright with shorter terms would be better (but for performed compositions and hybrid works - e.g audio visual media, the multiple licencing parties is too complex. Maybe a back-to-back arrangement; i.e. broadcaster pays performer, performer passes some portion of the royalty to composer.

Misuse of the DMCA and Google's holding copyright violation detection hostage to lousy license terms is a scandal.

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Meh

Re: Subsequent litigation.

I'd have expected the bureaucrats get paid whether they accept or reject applications. There's no commissions or incentive scheme, surely? It's not piece work?

In any case, I figured the application/processing fees were peanuts compared to what the lawyers are making.

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Holmes

Subsequent litigation.

Now why would a government bureaucracy be operated so as to maximise the amount of litigation generated?

Could it be due to the legal profession being such a dominant source of members and senators?

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/01/26/opinion/sunday/paths-to-congress.html

Confused why Trump fingered CrowdStrike in that Ukraine call? You're not the only one...

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"And that, boys and girls, is how Joe Biden saved the United States of America!"

The complaint has dropped. Interesting read:

https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/20190812_-_whistleblower_complaint_unclass.pdf

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Headmaster

A garbled remark

This does not narrow it down, sadly. It's disappointing the "leader of the free world" is so inarticulate. It does not reflect well on his supporters (nor his "locker room talk", attitude to paying tax, the list goes on).

Back on topic, is there a transcript of the discussion between Giuliani and the Ukrainians? Maybe that's where the quid-pro-quo smoking gun is. Aside from the mutual political fellatio, the Biden thing seems to be the main focus of the call disclosed here.

Hacker House shoved under UK Parliament's spotlight following Boris Johnson funding allegs

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Don't give up; that serves their purpose

I don't credit these leeches with the intelligence to strategise the collective disillusionment of the populace so their malfeasance can proceed unabated. But if we fall into their unwitting trap, the outcome is the same.

Fight!

TalkTalk still struggles to shut down legacy email addresses on request

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Trollface

The clue is in the name...

...they're all Talk.

Dropbox CEO: I will make your worklife a calmer experience

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A few years from now: Ring! Ring!

People are going to have to go back to calling each other constantly, to make sure the e-mails got through (I know, it happens now sometimes).

Black holes are like buses: You wait for one – and three turn up at once in galaxy merger

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Alien

Is that a duck or a peanut?

I'm thinking they'll resemble contact binaries during the merger. Interesting stuff.

Match.com? More like Match dot-con, claims watchdog: Cyber-lonely-hearts 'lured into forking out to view bot spam'

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Paris Hilton

Re: Why bother with a dating site?

No. What made you think I was?

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Re: Why bother with a dating site?

Neither prospect sounds particularly enjoyable. It's easier to pursue your interests (preferably somewhat sober), make friends and who knows, "lightning may strike"?

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If it was as rare and as unintentional as they say...

...it surely would have been ethical (and no hardship) to offer an apology and full refund with the message that said "turns out this match was a scammer".

macOS? More like mac-woe-ess: Google Chrome slip-up trips up SIP-less Apple Macs

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Not surprised

Keystone is one of the most persistent auto-installers and hard to stay rid of. I ended up just black-holing the phone home domain, like apple's gsp servers.

The D in Systemd is for Directories: Poettering says his creation will phone /home in future

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I have good news.

You can already run FreeBSD on the Pi. It's been supported since the first Pi and part of core since 11-STABLE. They're working on official support for the Pi 4; see https://wiki.freebsd.org/arm/Raspberry%20Pi

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Happy

"It's going to be BSD or nothing."

That's an easy choice; BSD. I'd choose BSD over many things that are not nothing, as well, including pretty much all distros shipping systemd. Raspbian's OK as a default install if you're just being an end user.

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament

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The case with Scotland

To be clear, it's not a matter of me wanting Irish reunification or NI independence from the UK or even NI rejoining the EU; that is properly a matter for the citizens of the 6 counties.

The trade situation is not a surprise; England is the economic powerhouse of the UK, and where Great Britain's GDP is over £2 trillion, NI's is less than £40 billion (2017). The republic's GDP is about £280 billion. Of course GB will be the bigger partner; it's almost 8 times the size.

I never paid 50 € to see a GP while I lived in the RoI; I did get an ambulance, hospital admission, surgery and an overnight stay all in for 45 € once, though. So I'm not sure that NI citizens have too much to fear on that score. I'd imagine the EU would be pretty keen for any process involving NI rejoining the fold as part of the republic, or as an independent state to go smoothly, politically and economically. If for no other reason to be mud'n the eye for the British.

Sorry for the confusion, my comparison to Scotland was specifically in reference to the EU referendum results, where NI and Scotland produced majorities for remain (unlike England and Wales). I would not draw a parallel between NI and Scotland in reference to remaining part of the UK because the demographic and historic situation is significantly different, and NI haven't had a referendum in recent years as Scotland has (or at all).

So we're going back to the Moon: NASA triggers countdown by firing up spacecraft production

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The PR value of brave American boys

The politics were about not losing to the USSR again. If what you claim is true, I don't see how all the very expensive unmanned exploration (before or since 1972) would have been funded such as the Voyager program, Curiosity, or Hubble. There was still plenty of pork.

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Alien

They've literally barely scratched the surface

Remarkable though they have been (particularly Spirit and Opportunity) the martian rovers have understandably been pretty constrained in terms of goals and areas covered. I'm arguing the next natural steps are more and better robots/rovers that can focus more on the exploration science over more of the surface (and below), and not so much on safety and survival.

If the focus shifts to human exploration, that will have a huge influence over the shape and rate of expansion of the science envelope.

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Boffin

Following in the footsteps of giants.

Given the advances in AI and robotics expected in the next 20 years, we could get a presence on Mars much faster if we stopped focusing on trying to fly delicate and precious meatbags off world.

The Wun Show: Douglas Crockford has been sniffing JavaScript's bad parts again

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Angel

The misfeatures aren't a problem if you don't get all fancy-pants.

Even callbacks are easily handled with some consistent interface design practices.

Mr. Crockford makes a fine exemplar of the old saw "Too smart for his own good".

Thanks for wading through the excruciating text to winkle out the parts of interest.

Google takes sole stand on privacy, rejects new rules for fear of 'authoritarian' review

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Mushroom

"...create significant unnecessary chaos"

Google prefers the necessary chaos of the privacy "wild west" continues as long as possible.

Time to check in again on the Atari retro console… dear God, it’s actually got worse

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Devil

Cheese it!

Maybe; certainly trying to eke out the last few bucks rather than cutting and running while there's a chance to get away clean is where most grifters go wrong.

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FAIL

The remaining possibility is not at all unlikely. NO REFUNDS!

Relocation to an offshore jurisdiction shortly followed by announcement of project cancellation in 3, 2, ...

We finally got one! Russian 'fesses up to cracking bank servers, netting big bucks

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Coat

"Hack spee"

Sister ship to the Graf Spee?

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